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Location: Le Val d'Ajol(88), Lorraine, France

PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Probably a complete tangent to bee keeping but I thought members might want to know about this web site.

Helpx. net is a little like WOOFING but with fewer restrictions. It puts people willing to offer accommodation to helpers, in exchange for a few hours work a day, in touch with those helpers. If you you have a small holding (or even just a normal house) it is a good way to get help for a few weeks and meet people from around the world. Stays range from a week up to a few months depending on the needs of host and helper.

This last year I have stayed with three hosts in France whilst I was making my mind up where I am going to settle permanently (long story involving a relationship break-up). Now I have found somewhere to buy I will be offering somewhere for people come and stay. For me personally I will be looking for help in the garden and building/renovation work. But others might need help with the animals (including children) or work in the household, every host's needs are different.

Take a look it might be something for you. I can not recommend it highly enough.
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